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QuiteGood · 20/12/2019 17:49

Been prescribed with the above twice per day. Would it be terrible to take one 8 hours after first dose or do I need to stick strictly to 12 hours?

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overtheseagull · 20/12/2019 17:54

I reacted hideously to these.

I strongly suggest you leave 12 hours between doses, and take them with food.


Becca19962014 · 20/12/2019 17:58

Stick to the 12 hours.


barcodescanner · 20/12/2019 17:59

I got hives all over when on these


dinkyprawn · 20/12/2019 18:00

They make me 🤮 I'd probably wait the 12 hours for the first couple of doses. Easier on the tummy.


IHaveBrilloHair · 20/12/2019 18:02

IME 8 hours will be ok.
That said, they are quite harsh on your system so eat something first and most importantly, drink a pint of water with each one.
Also be prepared to get thrush.
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QuiteGood · 20/12/2019 18:03

Ok. I will do! Oh god to the hives!! Two lots of hives from two different posters. How many doses did you take before they surfaced?

I am allergic to penicillin so suspect it's why I'm prescribed these. I'll defo wait & take with food! Thanks for the replies.

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bobsyourauntie · 20/12/2019 18:05

I'm allergic to penicillin too and always get prescribed these. I have taken a double first dose before, but only on doctors advice. Other than that I always leave it 12 hours between as they can make me feel sick sometimes.


QuiteGood · 20/12/2019 18:07

Oh man! Hives & thrush. Happy Christmas to me!

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Thinkle · 20/12/2019 18:33

I didn’t get ‘hives’ or thrush if that reassures you. My face went really red and hot for an hour at the same time after taking it for the first two days and I did live with a rank taste in my mouth and indigestion for a week while i took them. The second after 8 hours will be tough going so maybe try 10 hours then 10 hours to get to your desired times.
In the mean time buy some gaviscon and gum and reassure yourself that they are probably better than the actual infection.


IHaveBrilloHair · 20/12/2019 18:36

The pint of water marginally helps with the bad taste.
Oh, I always get the shits too.
You might be lucky and be fine, but best be warned!


overtheseagull · 20/12/2019 18:42

I didn't get hives or thrush but I did enjoy vomiting, diarrhoea and very nearly fainting. Oh, and the worst stomach cramps I've ever had. I would genuinely rather have had the infection that's those fucking tablets.

I was also given them as I can't tolerate penicillin.


itgetshardereveryday · 20/12/2019 18:43

Try taking a probiotic while you're on them


Floralnomad · 20/12/2019 18:43

I’ve taken Clarithromycin a few times with absolutely no issues and I’ve never stuck strictly to 12 hours .


CaptainPovey · 20/12/2019 18:45

I am also allergic to penicillin; they made me so sick , I had to take one 4 times a day

Terrible stuff


AlunWynsKnee · 20/12/2019 18:46

They do unsettle my stomach but eating plenty and taking them with milk sort it out for me.


LightsInOtherPeoplesHouses · 20/12/2019 18:47

Had a horrible taste in my mouth after taking these, apart from that I was fine and I normally get thrush at the drop of a hat.


Whitelisbon · 20/12/2019 18:51

I've just finished a weeks course of these for cellulitis. By day 2 I'd have happily chopped off my arm if it meant I didn't have to take any more.
Nausea, diarrhoea, hideous stomach cramps, funny taste, indigestion, dizziness, they're awful. No thrush though!


QuiteGood · 20/12/2019 18:56

Did people who suffered all these horrendous side effects, do so after the first one? Only had the one & feel fine apart from the original cause of taking them. Flu that's turned bacterial. Actually feeling mildly (emphasis on the mildly) better. Never seen an improvement after just one before but think that dose might be quite high - equivalent of 2. But not really sure if I've made that up.

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Makinglists · 20/12/2019 18:58

Sorry to say it's horrid. Had it for an infected finger. It was like all day morning sickness. I seriously thought about giving up on them but didn't mainly because I would have felt guilty about encouraging antibiotic resistance. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news🤢


Makinglists · 20/12/2019 18:59

Took about two days to get the full nausea effect.


HorseGallopingOnATomato · 20/12/2019 19:01

Wow, OP. You’re going to be terrified to take these now! Hope you feel better soon (and that you tolerate the tablets well :))


HappyHarlot · 20/12/2019 19:02

I took these when on Metronidazol a few months ogo.


QuiteGood · 20/12/2019 19:07

Do they help prevent thrush or all the other side effects?

I've been on metronidazole a few times & been fine. I think they are the kind lots of people feel foul on. Don't know if that makes any difference to me having a better time of things. I can't deny being a bit unnerved now but have been feeling so orrible, I'll have to face it. Yikes!

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Waspnest · 20/12/2019 19:08

My dad took these and he said never again. Horrendous taste, lack of appetite, nausea to the point that he ended up in hospital with dehydration. His doctor said it's an awful antibiotic but if you're allergic to penicillin, you don't have a lot of choice.


blindmansbluff · 20/12/2019 19:09

I had no side effects whatsoever so fingers crossed you'll be the same!

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